Jack Daniels Tennessee BBQ Sauce on Alberta Style BBQ Ribs

Okay, so this is a made up, thrown together BBQ sauce I made using Jack Daniels Old No 4, on Saturday to use on ribs.  For once everyone loved it.  Warning, the sauce, in raw state will have a slightly sweet and very lemony taste.  This will temper when cooked or used on BBQ.  Cooking releases the spices and the flavours come together beautifully.

I served this as a Sunday brunch with scrambled eggs and a simple white wine, vinegar and lightly spiced salad of cold cucumbers, peppers and grape tomatoes.  Very refreshing brunch on a hot Sunday morning.

BBQ Ribs with JD BBQ Sauce
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
4 hrs 15 mins
A decadent homemade BBQ sauce, made with the famous Jack Daniels Whiskey, over barbecued ribs.
Course: Main Dish, Sauces and Gravies
Cuisine: North American, Redneck
Servings: 4 lbs
Author: John Winslow
Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce
  • 3/4 cups Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey
  • 1 3/4 cups HEINZ Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 splash Cider Vinegar
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 lemon
BBQ Ribs
  • 4 lbs pork or beef ribs
  • Kosher or Coarse Salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper.
  • BBQ Sauce Made in previous step
Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce
  1. Finely mince onion and garlic, and put in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients and whisk like a crazy person.
  3. Refrigerate the sauce for a couple of hours to allow it to thicken slightly before cooking.
  4. Put sauce in a pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for 30-45 minutes.
  5. Sauce can be refrigerated in an air tight container for up to three weeks.
BBQ Ribs
  1. Mix salt and pepper in a bowl.
  2. Cut the ribs into portions. Rub salt & pepper mixture into the top of the rib racks.
  3. Place ribs in a shallow baking dish.
  4. Coat the top of the ribs with a layer of the homemade BBQ sauce.
  5. Cover with tin foil (shiny side facing down). Bake for 2.5 hours at 300ºF.
  6. Once removed from the oven slap these babies on a hot BBQ.
  7. Coat with a liberal amount of homemade BBQ sauce. Turn the ribs and coat as often as necessary.
  8. Caution: JD Whiskey will attract the flame. Do Not leave unattended or charcoal could result. When the ribs start to blacken, coat once more and SERVE with coleslaw.